While talking with your teen is known to discourage underage drinking, knowing what they’re talking about can be helpful to parents, too.
It’s nothing new: kids and teens have their own lingo. New sayings, trends, and words reach school hallways and lunchtime cafeterias long before parents get wind of them (if they ever do!). Knowing what your kid means when he says what he does will help you open the lines of communication- especially about the tough stuff like alcohol.
Some terms have been around forever. Most of us know “booze” and “hooch” refer to alcohol. Also keep an ear out for terms like:
- Hard stuff
- Sixer (six-pack of beer)
- Bubbly (champagne)
- Liquid courage
As depicted in Hollywood, some teen parties spiral out of control and over the line. Know what your teen means when she says the following:
- Crunk- a combination of high (or crazy) and drunk
- 53X- another way to write “sex”
- Molly or X- ecstasy
- Netflix and Chill- a term used to suggest making-out (or more)
- Rager- a large party
- The plug- the person who supplies alcohol and/or drugs
Of course, the best way to communicate with your teen is openly. When they say they want to “Netflix and chill” this weekend they might actually be inviting you to join them on the couch with some popcorn and a few episodes of The Crown.
For more information on alcohol, underage drinking, and teen behavior, check out https://adctusc.org/committees/alcohol/.